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Nottingham Forest hears VAR penalty debate, but key demand denied.



According to the PA news agency, Nottingham Forest has accepted an invitation to listen to VAR audio from three penalty appeals in their encounter against Everton at Goodison Park.

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the referees’ body, offered Forest a private hearing on Tuesday after the club requested that the audio be broadcast publicly on Monday.

According to sources close to the Premier League team, they were first disappointed that the tape would not be broadcast publicly as requested, but the club has since accepted an offer to hear it privately.

Forest published a strange statement on social media immediately following their 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park, claiming that they had “warned” PGMOL before to the match that VAR Stuart Attwell “was a Luton fan” and that PGMOL did nothing to modify his nomination. Luton sit one place below Forest in the Premier League table, however it has since been reported that they never approached the authorities directly to replace Attwell.

The Premier League may fine the club for that statement, with the league stating that it was “extremely disappointed” by their comments and that it was “never appropriate to improperly question the integrity of match officials”.

The club then requested that regulations governing referees’ and VARs’ allegiances be expanded to include “contextual rivalries” as well as local rivalries.

Referees have already declared their allegiances and will not be assigned to that team’s matches or other fixtures, such as those involving direct local rivals of that club.

For example, Michael Oliver has previously stated that he is unable to referee Newcastle United games due to his fan status.

Other considerations for appointments include which teams an official’s immediate family members support, as well as performance and the amount of times they have refereed a specific team’s games.

The Football Association may also charge three Forest staff members: manager Nuno Espirito Santo, full-back Neco Williams, and referee analyst Mark Clattenburg, for statements they made concerning officiating on Sunday. The FA has sought for feedback on their comments.



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